by Alex R. Travers
Even in a great auction season, Modigliani’s portrait of his last muse, Jeanne Hébuterne, would stand out for its superb beauty. Her olive-shaped face, her curves, and the warmth of her skin all synthesize the artist’s unique vision. And along with other pieces going to the auction block this February by Morisot, Magritte, and Delvaux, Christie’s London is sure to have some fantastic sales coming up. Prepare to be wowed!
On December 6, I headed to downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis to preview some of the highlights from the February 2013 Evening Sales at Christie’s London on view during Art Basel week. The works were truly world-class. The lovely Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Specialist Jessie Fertig gave me a private tour and filled me in on some behind-the-scene secrets. For example, the Modigilani I mentioned above came from a private collection in New York and is estimated to sell between £16-22 million ($26-35 million)! For Christie’s—the world’s leading art business—anything seems possible.
To learn more about the upcoming auctions at Christie’s, visit http://www.christies.com/.